Being diagnosed with MS at the age of 23 has turned me into a fighter. Every
day, I fight against the fatigue, against the pain and the fear. But through the
MS Society, I also fight for the cause and to raise awareness. I fight for those
who have it worse than I do, and to prove that people with MS can do
anything they set their minds to. The MS Society is the reason I believe that
one day I'll be able to say I used to have MS. They've helped me feel like I can
make a difference and that I need to continue to fight.
I've been living with MS for more than thirty years, having been diagnosed a
few months after running the Vancouver marathon. My sons were 7 and 10 years old.
Since then, I have worked full-time as a nurse, and despite being unable to walk,
I swim two or three times a week. I have travelled on every continent, to more than
100 countries, all in a wheelchair. As a proud contributor to the MS Society’s
newsletter, Shared Voices, I’ve been able to share helpful information with others
living with this complex and often debilitating disease. The work that I do as an MS
Society ambassador and accessibility advocate helps me assist others with disabilities
in the community.
Living with MS is an incredible challenge. I never know when a flare-up will strike,
or even what it will be. Since being diagnosed two years ago, I’ve experienced
numbness, vertigo, nausea and bouts of exhaustion. But in a way, I’ve never been
healthier, or at least more health conscious. I’ve started running, learned to
cook better and am just more aware of my body in general. The support I’ve
experienced through my involvement with the MS Society has not only helped me
live with MS, it’s given me the opportunity to help others as well.